Archaeological excavations at Blick Mead, Amesbury, Wiltshire 2005–2016
Edited By David Jacques
The Stonehenge landscape is one of the most famous prehistoric places in the world, but much about its origins remains a mystery and little attention has been paid to what preceded, and thus may have influenced, its later ritual character. Now, the discovery of a uniquely long-lived Mesolithic occupation site at Blick Mead, just 2km from Stonehenge, with a detailed radio carbon date sequence ranging from the 8th to the late 5th millennium BC, is set to transform this situation.
This book charts the story of the Blick Mead excavations, from the project’s local community-based origins to a multi-university research project using the latest cutting-edge technology to address important new questions about the origins of the Stonehenge landscape. Led by the University of Buckingham, the project continues to retain the community of Amesbury at its heart. The investigations are ongoing but due to the immense interest in, and significance of the site, this publication seeks to present the details of and thoughts on the findings to date.
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- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2018. XX, 240 pp., 43 coloured ill., 6 b/w ill., 62 tables, 38 fig.
- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- List of Contributors
- List of Figures
- Appendix A
- Appendix B
- List of Tables
- Appendix B
- Appendix D
- Preface (David Jacques / Tom Phillips / Tom Lyons)
- Chapter 1: Introduction: Landscape History and Project Methodology (David Jacques)
- Previous research and the landscape history of Vespasian’s Camp
- Locating the excavation areas
- This report
- Chapter 2: Fieldwork Results: The Archaeological Narrative
- Fieldwork methodology and results (Tom Phillips / Tom Lyons / David Jacques)
- Synopsis of results
- Chapter 3: Environmental Setting: Geoarchaeological Investigations and Environmental Analysis (D. S. Young / C. P. Green / N. P. Branch / S. A. Elias / C. Bateson / C. R. Batchelor)
- Geoarchaeological context
- Aims and objectives
- Results and interpretation of the lithostratigraphic descriptions, deposit modelling and radiocarbon dating
- Results and interpretation of the plant macrofossil analysis
- Results and interpretation of the insect analysis
- Results and interpretation of the pollen analysis
- Charred plant remains from a tree throw in Trench 24, Blick Mead (Tom Maltas)
- Chapter 4: The Lithic Material (Barry John Bishop)
- The lithic material from excavations at Blick Mead, 2005–2013: Trenches 19, 22 and 23
- Interim report on the struck flint and unworked burnt flint from the Blick Mead terrace (Trench 24), 2014–2015
- Microwear analysis of a tranchet axe and a pre-form from excavations at Blick Mead (Randolph Donahue / Keith Bradbury)
- Portable XRF analysis of a possible slate tool (Peter Webb)
- The cause and significance of crimson flints in springs associated with the Mesolithic settlement at Blick Mead (David M. John)
- Chapter 5: Aurochs Hunters: The Large Animal Bones from Blick Mead (Bryony Rogers / Kurt Gron / Janet Montgomery / Darren R. Gröcke / Peter Rowley-Conwy)
- Zooarchaeological Analysis
- Isotopic analysis
- Analysing fragmentary skeletal material from Blick Mead (Sophy Charlton)
- Chapter 6: Smaller Vertebrates from the Mesolithic Site of Blick Mead (Simon A. Parfitt)
- Methods of processing and analysis of samples taken in 2014
- Environmental interpretation
- Chapter 7: Discussion (David Jacques)
- Blick Mead and the first monuments in the Mesolithic
- After the Mesolithic
- Animism and totemism
- Appendix A: Fieldwork (Tom Lyons / Tom Phillips / David Jacques)
- Appendix B: Ecofacts
- Appendix C: Miscellaneous Artefacts
- Appendix D: Supporting Data for Lithostratigraphy, Isotope Analysis and Radiocarbon Dating
- Afterwords: Tony Legge and the Blick Mead Project (David Jacques)
- Afterwords: Community: The Contribution of Volunteers from Amesbury to the Blick Mead Project (Gemma Allerton)
- Series index
About the author(s)/editor(s)
David Jacques has been the Project Director of Blick Mead, an internationally significant Mesolithic archaeological site, c. 2km from Stonehenge since 2005. Along with a number of leading specialists and community volunteers this team has discovered the oldest occupation site in the Stonehenge area and the place where the communities who built the first monuments at Stonehenge lived. These discoveries have contributed significantly to a new understanding of the initial settlement patterns and practices in the Stonehenge landscape.
The Blick Mead Project is the winner of ‘Research Project of the Year 2018’ by Current Archaeology magazine and has been extensively reported in the national and international media.
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